Meet Evonne Kucera, Owner, Waggin’ Tail Inn
I am a retired teacher from Seattle and recently relocated to Tucson (loving the sunshine!). I taught elementary school for 24 years, 3rd - 6th grade. The last 3 years, I taught 5th and 6th grade math and science. I am also a dog lover, a knitter, a gardener, a reader, and a beginning quilter.
When I retired, it didn’t take much thought to figure out what I wanted to do next. I have always loved and owned dogs, so doggy daycare and boarding were a perfect fit. I moved to Tucson and found a home with a huge bonus room, a secure yard as large as some dog parks, and a fenced pool for supervised water play time.
Working with dogs requires many of the same qualities and skills that made me a good teacher. Creating a pack from 10 dogs who don’t know each other is very similar to creating a classroom community, just with fewer words. The dogs will benefit from my nurturing nature and well-practiced patience.
This is home-based doggy daycare and boarding. There are no kennels or crates. Instead, I have comfy couches, dog beds, and (by far the favorite) an old sleeping bag for lounging and lots of toys. I am home all day to supervise and interact with the dogs and give them lots of love and affection.
I have worked with all kinds of dogs, including the outgoing and the shy, the very young and the very old, the confident and the insecure. All of my own dogs have been rescues, so I am familiar with many of those issues as well. Every dog has a good heart and brings joy to my life.
The Waggin’ Tail Inn: home and a dog park combined.
Gianni A., Chief Assistant of Pets and Play
Lucy (beagle/Italian greyhound/who knows)
Lucy, age 4, is a rescue from Texas. I adopted her in 2016 from a rescue organization in Washington. She takes her duties seriously and can always be found playing with the other dogs and keeping them in line.
Riley (rat terrier/chihauhau/who knows)
Riley, age 4-ish, is a rescue from Hawaii, adopted in 2018 from the Humane Society. He is a happy little guy who’s up for any kind of fun, especially wrestling practice with the big dogs.